Last Friday evening I photographed a family portrait session in Richmond Park. The family portrait session was a prize that I had donated to Holy Ghost School in Balham. The school want to install interactive white boards in their classrooms. They held a silent auction to raise funds with individuals and companies donating prizes. The winner of my donated prize was Sabine and her 5-year-old twins, Marco and Alessia.
The evening was lovely with beautiful golden light. The golden light of late afternoon gives a wonderful warm feel to family portrait sessions. This is why I would also recommend family portrait sessions at this time, known as the “golden hour”.
We photographed at a few locations in the park, my favourite being amongst the long grass. The grass, together with the lovely light produced some beautiful photographs of Marco and Alessia. Marco and Alessia were very good at following instructions and seemed to enjoy having their photographs taken. We were even photobombed by a passing dog, Dolly!
If you are considering having a family portrait session I would strongly recommend having the photographs taken in the late evening if at all possible. The light is much softer than earlier in the day and has the potential to produce wonderful photographs. The subjects can be backlit so they have a lovely golden halo. To photograph in the golden hour, you might have to adjust your children’s’ schedule for the day but it will definitely be worth it. Hopefully the kids will also find it fun and a bit naughty being allowed to stay out later than normal!
If you would like to book a session with me to capture your own special family photographs, please get in touch with me via my website www.clarecarrier.com (where you can also view some more of my recent work) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.